Biochemical Properties and Effects on Mitochondrial Respiration of Aqueous Extracts of Basidiomycete Mushrooms

  • Alex Graça ContatoEmail author
  • Tatiane Brugnari
  • Ana Paula Ames Sibin
  • Ana Julia dos Reis Buzzo
  • Anacharis Babeto de Sá-Nakanishi
  • Lívia Bracht
  • Ciomar Aparecida Bersani-Amado
  • Rosane Marina Peralta
  • Cristina Giatti Marques de Souza
Original Paper


There are different varieties of mushrooms not yet studied spread all over the planet. The objective of this study was to evaluate biochemical properties and effects on mitochondrial respiration of eight Basidiomycete mushrooms: Flaviporus venustus EF30, Hydnopolyporus fimbriatus EF41 and EF44, Inonotus splitgerberi EF46, Oudemansiella canarii EF72, Perenniporia sp. EF79, Phellinus linteus EF81, and Pleurotus albidus EF84. Total phenols, ABTS, TEAC, FRAP, and ORAC were measured in order to determine the antioxidant capacity. Antimicrobial potential was studied by disc-diffusion and microdilution method. Cytotoxicity was determined in murine peritoneal macrophages. The bioenergetic aspects were evaluated by the uncoupling of the oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondrias. The H. fimbriatus mushroom was the one that presented the most significant results for the antioxidant assays. Three mushrooms presented antimicrobial activity, indicating a potential for formulation of drugs. The results suggest that I. spligerberi has an uncoupling activity, even at the lowest concentration tested, dissipating the mitochondrial electrochemical gradient. On the other hand, P. albidus has effect only on succinate-oxidase activity without influencing mitochondrial respiratory efficiency. Therefore, both interfere negatively in mitochondrial respiration. In relation with the cytotoxicity in peritoneal macrophages, O. canarii and F. venustus were cytotoxic in this type of cells.


Oxidative stress Cytotoxicity Mitochondrial respiration Oxidative phosphorylation Mushrooms 



The Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico (CNPq) and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for financial support.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Committee on Ethics in the Use of Animals of the State University of Maringá (CEUA/UEM) under the protocol no. 7669090317.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Graça Contato
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tatiane Brugnari
    • 1
  • Ana Paula Ames Sibin
    • 1
  • Ana Julia dos Reis Buzzo
    • 1
  • Anacharis Babeto de Sá-Nakanishi
    • 1
  • Lívia Bracht
    • 1
  • Ciomar Aparecida Bersani-Amado
    • 3
  • Rosane Marina Peralta
    • 1
  • Cristina Giatti Marques de Souza
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryState University of MaringáMaringáBrazil
  2. 2.School of Medicine of Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Pharmacology and TherapeuticsState University of MaringáMaringáBrazil

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